Bracketology: Purdue makes its case for a No. 1 seed

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Purdue has won 12 straight, staking its claim as an early No. 1 seed contender.  The Boilermakers left the Bahamas with a victory over Arizona and haven’t loss since.  In all, they’ve compiled a 6-2 record against the NCAA’s updated “Group 1,” the highest win total of any team against that metric.  For their efforts, Purdue sits atop the Midwest Region heading into another busy weekend.

Villanova remains the top overall seed, followed by West Virginia, Purdue, and then Oklahoma.  The ACC, SEC, Big 12 and Big East dominate the field.  Another new bracket arrives on Monday.

UPDATED: January 12, 2018

FIRST FOUR PAIRINGS – Dayton (First Round)

  • Notre Dame vs. Missouri | West Region
  • LSU vs. NC State South Region
  • SE LOUISIANA vs. TX-SOUTHERN | Midwest Region
  • FLORIDA GULF COAST vs. NC A&T | East Region

BRACKET PROJECTION

EAST Boston                                 SOUTH – Atlanta     
Pittsburgh Pittsburgh
1) VILLANOVA 1) WEST VIRGINIA
16) NC A&T / FL GULF COAST 16) PENN
8) Texas 8) Florida State
9) Arkansas 9) Marquette
Nashville San Diego
5) Cincinnati 5) ARIZONA
12) BUFFALO 12) MID TENNESSEE
4) North Carolina 4) AUBURN
13) E. TENNESSEE ST 13) LOUISIANA
Dallas Nashville
6) Creighton 6) TCU
11) Georgia 11) LSU / NC State
3) Texas Tech 3) Xavier
14) RADFORD 14) WRIGHT STATE
Detroit Charlotte
7) RHODE ISLAND 7) Texas AM
10) Louisville 10) Houston
2) Michigan State 2) Duke
15) RIDER 15) BUCKNELL
WEST – Los Angeles MIDWEST – Omaha
Wichita Detroit
1) Oklahoma 1) PURDUE
16) ST. FRANCIS (PA) 16) SE LOUISIANA / TX-SOUTHERN
8) Michigan 8) Miami-FL
9) Butler 9) UCLA
Boise Boise
5) GONZAGA 5) Kentucky
12) Notre Dame / Missouri 12) SOUTH DAKOTA ST
4) Seton Hall 4) Clemson
13) WILLIAM & MARY 13) VERMONT
San Diego Wichita
6) Florida 6) Tennessee
11) NEW MEXICO ST 11) Providence
3) Arizona State 3) Kansas
14) MONTANA 14) BELMONT
Charlotte Dallas
7) NEVADA 7) Ohio State
10) Baylor 10) Washington
2) VIRGINIA 2) WICHITA STATE
15) UC-DAVIS 15) DRAKE

NOTES on the BRACKET: Villanova is the No. 1 overall seed – followed by West Virginia, Purdue, and Oklahoma

Last Four Byes (at large): Louisville, Houston, Providence, Georgia

Last Four IN (at large): Notre Dame, LSU, NC State, Missouri

First Four OUT (at large): St. Bonaventure, Maryland, Alabama, Saint Mary’s

Next four teams OUT (at large): SMU, Syracuse, Boston College, Minnesota

Breakdown by Conference …

ACC (9): VIRGINIA, Duke, North Carolina, Clemson, Florida State, Miami-FL, Louisville, Notre Dame, NC State,

SEC (9): AUBURN, Kentucky, Tennessee, Florida, Texas AM, Arkansas, Georgia, LSU, Missouri

BIG 12 (7): WEST VIRGINIA, Oklahoma, Texas Tech, Kansas, TCU, Texas, Baylor

Big East (7): VILLANOVA, Xavier, Seton Hall, Creighton, Butler, Marquette, Providence

Big 10 (4): PURDUE, Michigan State, Ohio State, Michigan

Pac 12 (4): ARIZONA, Arizona State, UCLA, Washington

American (3): WICHITA STATE, Cincinnati, Houston

Atlantic 10 (1): RHODE ISLAND

Mountain West (1): NEVADA

West Coast (1): GONZAGA

ONE BID LEAGUES: Drake (MVC) Rider (MAAC), Middle Tennessee (C-USA), Louisiana (SBELT), Penn (IVY), Montana (BSKY), Wright State (HORIZON), SE Louisiana (SLND), East Tennessee State (STHN), UC-Davis (BWEST), Buffalo (MAC), Florida Gulf Coast (ASUN), Belmont (OVC), William & Mary (CAA), Radford (BSO), North Carolina A&T (MEAC), South Dakota State (SUM), New Mexico State (WAC), Vermont (AEAST), Bucknell (PAT), St. Francis (PA) (NEC), Texas-Southern (SWAC)

Bracketing principles: read them for yourself at http://www.ncaa.com.